Hagar Tells of Afghan Work


Merewyn Foran Executive Director at Hagar International will be the guest in our 28th September Conversation, continuing the long association with Hagar and ACRATH’s many supporters. Merewyn will talk about Hagar’s work in Afghanistan since it first began operations there in 2008 supporting women and children facing the worst forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking.

Please join our zoom Conversation with Merewyn Foran on Wednesday 28th September at 11.15am (for a cuppa) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time or for the 30-minute Conversation which starts at 11.30am sharp.

The zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88138284915?pwd=R0o4R0plekZ5aUxjSXhiZXBkNEs1Zz09

Hagar’s objective is to free and heal communities of the trauma associated with trafficking, slavery and abuse. ACRATH supported Hagar’s worldwide appeal last year after the US and allied troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban took control of the country. In the Conversation Merewyn will talk about Hagar’s work on the ground in Afghanistan, and internationally, how they tackle gender based violence and their programs assisting women to lead their own lives.

Ashley Bulgarelli, Philanthropy Manager with Hagar Australia said: “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of ACRATH members who responded to our first initial humanitarian response appeal. It was incredible to see the support come in.”

HAGAR has recently launched the second phase of the ‘Rebuild Afghanistan’ appeal, which began a year ago. Ashley said,

“ Hagar Afghanistan was able to make an incredible difference in the lives of over 20,000 people via food distributions, winter supplies, child friendly spaces and primary health care. We are now entering a new phase of our response, moving away from humanitarian assistance and focusing on making real, long-term change in people’s lives. The need for economic support remains overwhelming and urgent. Alongside the rapidly increasing cost of living, annual per capita income has plummeted from $500 USD in 2020 to less than $250 USD.”

ACRATH’s EO Christine Carolan encourages people to join the Conversation with Hagar and continue to support the organisation, particularly the important work in Afghanistan.

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